Monday, December 21, 2015

Mission Conference Christmas Edition

This week was super fun, the highlight definitely seemed to be the
mission conference that we had. It was four zones and I got to see
some old friends from the MTC (missionary training center). Also this
Sunday we got our schedules filled up for Christmas week. Everyone's
inviting us over for the Christmas holiday. The ward here is amazing.

At zone training we learn about how to help investigators (people
looking into the church) progress using commitments. It was a funny
example of a man wanting to play professional soccer but not wanting
to practice or even try. Sometimes it's like when people say they want
to know if the church is true, and are happy to meet with us, but
won't read in the Book of Mormon, come to church, or pray about what
they've learned. He also helped us understand that they might not know
how important it is to do those things, but we do and it's our
responsibility to help them see that.

At church this week I got to sing in the choir, whoop whoop. We sung
some great songs, it was kinda scary because we didn't do so great in
the practice before sacrament but we were able to pull it off. Power
of prayer? :)

I'm super excited for Christmas in Germany, and to skype my family. Can't wait.

Elder Flickinger

Monday, December 14, 2015

American military

The new ward is amazing!!! There massive, like a standard 200 people
ward, and they all speak English. And they feed us! Talk about
missionary work, pray for the missionaries, feed the missionaries.
It's like a missionary heaven here. I'm super excited for this area.
My comp is great. He's from Northern California.

So our district is a bit different here, our district is basically me,
my comp (district leader) and the zone leaders. It's a small district,
but we share the building with the ktown district so there's a lot of
missionaries here.

My first day here I learned the hard way that when they say you need a
passport to get on base they mean it. Like a lot, no photocopy
forgerie, so now I know :) fun first day. We spent a bit of time at
the American shopping center (BX) it's like little America. They have
Taco Bell and Johnny Rockets! How cool is that. It's so weird it's
like a second culture shock.

I'm so excited for this area and can't wait until I actually learn
some of the members names,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, December 7, 2015

Transferred to Ramstein!!

Transfers were this week and I got transferred to Ramstein. It's an
American army ward, which means English speaking and Taco Bell! It's
sad to be leaving Paderborn, but I'm excited for a new adventure. I
leave tomorrow so I don't have a ton of time to pack. It was sad to
say goodbye to the ward here. At the end of church, the branch
presidents daughter, who was baptized last month, told me I was one of
her favorite missionaries. I'm sad to go but excited for my next ward.

Got a lot to do this Pday so I'll keep the Emil short, sorry

Elder Flickinger

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving in Germany

So German thanksgiving is earlier in the year then American thanksgiving. But we got to spend it with an American that invited "only close family this year" which was funny because everyone there was saying how small it was and I thought it already filled the dinning room table. It was great food! I ate a ton, like literally almost a ton. And then she brought out the pumpkin pie! It was so awesome. She's not a member but had a friend in high school that was and says she tries to always invite the Elders over for thanksgiving. It was so much fun, also everyone there works in the university so it was just like at home, being in a room full of educators. 

We also got to spend one time to check out the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) which every town sets up in the middle of the town. It's pretty cool. they have food and treats and food. (I'll let you guess what my favorite part is) Not going to lie I think we have the best one in the district. 

This week is transfers! I've been in Paderborn for 4 transfers so I might be leaving this one. Don don don gasp. Right in time to not celebrate Christmas with the ward. :( but there is also a good chance that I stay and my comp Elder Blau leaves.

The church has a supper cool new christmas video (it's 2 minutes) at Christmas.mormon.org

Also when you go to discover.mormon.org you can find a page about what you should know about missionaries. I'll try to send a link next week. But it also has great 60 second videos about our beliefs.

So that was my week. I hope you all have a good week and enjoy the Christmas season. 

Elder Flickinger